We’ve played a lot of gacha-RPGs, and we can say with some authority that Epic Odyssey is one of the most user-friendly. 

Even so, there’s plenty of juicy detail to get your teeth into, and this guide will explain the key ingredients of heroes and equipment, as well as providing a brief overview of the game.

Epic Odyssey has a strong narrative campaign that sees you exploring environments and doing everything you can in them before moving on to the next. This entails finding and opening chests, getting into numerous 5v5 scraps, and occasionally doing small fetch quests and NPC missions. 

As you romp through the campaign you’ll naturally acquire all kinds of loot. They include Daily Points, Runestones, Arena Tickets, Gold. Gems, Summoning Pieces, Summoning Scrolls, and a variety of other items from swords to amulets.  

Epic Odyssey’s campaign works like a lot of traditional RPGs in that you’re constantly coming up against opponents that you can’t beat – even with your best possible team and formation – because your heroes and their equipment isn’t good enough yet.

Fortunately, there’s a ton of different ways to accumulate loot, with more unlocking as you level-up. Among these features are:

Tower – a series of bosses that you take on one by one as you climb a big stone tower, with the rewards growing as you ascend.

Demon Queen’s Palace – another series of battles, but against teams of enemies rather than monolithic boss figures. 

Worlds Portal – yet another series of demon battles, this time throughout the Lynea continent, and with a team of heroes consisting of characters from another player’s collection. 

Great Hall – an idle source of loot that constantly replenishes. 

Trader – a dwarven fellow you travels to distant lands in his airship and comes back with goods to buy.

Arena – a place to take on other players.

Mission Board – dispatch teams of heroes to complete missions in the background.

Clan stuff, Events, Quests, Achievements, and all that jazz – you know the drill. Visit these areas regularly to fill your boots with lovely loot. 

Heroes

Epic Odyssey places an emphasis on strategy, and since battles play out automatically, it’s all about the formations of heroes you put together. The rest of this guide will tell you everything you need to know to compile an unstoppable squad of fantasy asskickers. 

There are three different hero factions: the Human and Demi-Human Alliance; Demons Army; and Nature Spirits and Beastmen. 

Each of these factions breaks down into three distinct classes: Assassin, Mage, and Warrior. In total that comes to nine different permutations of faction and class. For instance, Renna is a Human Assassin, while Kotengu is a Nature Spirit Mage. There are 38 different heroes to collect. 

Here’s a top tip: if you use three heroes belonging to the same faction and class in your party, you’ll get a special buff. 

There are two ways to add heroes to your collection. The first is to acquire them at set points during the game’s campaign. The second is to summon them, by unlocking the Sanctuary and visiting the Summoning Gate.

Once you’re there you’ll find three different summoning options. You spend a Summoning Scroll on a single random hero, or a Special Scroll on a hero belonging to a particular faction. The faction in question depends on the day of the week. 

Ten Special Scrolls will let you buy ten faction-specific heroes, while you can buy bundles of ten random heroes with ten normal Summoning Scrolls. You can also buy random heroes with Gems when you don’t have any Scrolls.

Finally, you can summon heroes using High Fives, or Friend Points, a currency you earn by interacting with in-game friends.  

Each hero you summon has a starting rank, from Common, through Rare and Epic, all the way up to Legend. If you wind up with Common heroes, you can level them up to level 40, but you can also just recycle them to recoup Gems and resources. That’s the path we recommend. 

Upgrading your heroes costs Gold and Spirit Points. Runestones are also necessary at particular levels. You can ascend heroes by sacrificing other unit cards. 

The higher the rank, the higher a hero’s potential star rating. Plus, as you level a hero up they’ll acquire new skills. 

The last hero-related item we want to touch on is the awesome Pentagram feature. This menu option automatically compiles a squad of your best heroes and then lets you nominate five followers. Each hero you designate as a follower will automatically jump to level 40.

This is an excellent way of trying out low status, recently acquired heroes to see whether they’re worth cultivating independently. 

Equipment

You acquire gear organically through play, or by visiting the store. It’s vital that you equip your best gear at all times, or you’ll be leaving an important advantage on the table. It’s easy enough to do this – just head to the Heroes tab (it looks like a helmet) and scroll through your hero collection from best to worst, tapping ‘Auto Equip’ whenever you see a notification.

Heroes can carry up to four pieces of equipment, and these items fall into four corresponding categories – armor, weapon, helmet, and accessory – and they have varying effects on a hero’s Health, Defend, and Attack stats. Equipment can be Common, Rare, Epic, and Legend, just like heroes. 

Items also have a Special Stat, which increases a hero’s combat or total basic stats. Once again, Special Stats can be Common, Rare, Epic, and Legendary, and they have a variety of functions indicated by their names – specifically, the final words in their names. Here’s what those words signify:

Deathblow – Critical Chance: increases critical chance.

Disaster – Critical Damage: increases damage of critical attack.

Steady – Total Defend: increases total defend

Wealthy – Total Health: increases total HP.

Eagle Eye – Accuracy: increases hit rate (accuracy).

Empowered – Total Attack: increases total attack

Vampyric – Life Leech: regenerates health per normal attack.

Miracle – Status Resistance: resists bad status.

Unbreakable – Critical Resistance: reduces enemy critical chance.

Resistance – Magic Resistance: reduces skill damage.

Endurance  Physical Resistance: reduces normal attack damage.

Sylph – Evasion: increases evasion.

There are several different ways to obtain equipment, such as opening chests, completing quests, doing NPC missions, claiming various rewards, visiting the Great Hall, and so on. Basically, however you get your loot. 

You can also buy equipment from Lacose. The stock on his airship is frequently refreshed, and it costs Gems or Gold. 

Equipment can be Enhanced or Refined in your inventory. To Refine, which increases an item’s star rating, you need to sacrifice other items, while Enhancing costs Gold and Runes.

Try out Epic Odyssey for yourself on Google Play and the App Store.